Aston Villa v Liverpool team news & stats

Date published: Friday 12th February 2016 12:32

Joe Allen: Leaves Liverpool for Stoke switch

Joe Allen: Leaves Liverpool for Stoke switch

Liverpool will be looking for their fifth straight win at Villa Park when they face Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 2.05pm).

Team news

Jack Grealish has been ruled out for Aston Villa with an ankle problem.

The midfielder suffered the injury in training on Wednesday and will sit out on Sunday. He has struggled to make an impact under manager Remi Garde and has started just two of Villa’s last 15 games.

Rudy Gestede and Carlos Sanchez will be assessed after hamstring injuries and Alan Hutton is available but Libor Kozak (ankle), Adama Traore (foot) and Jordan Amavi (knee) are all sidelined.

Joe Allen will miss out for Liverpool with a hamstring injury which is likely to sideline him for several weeks.

Defenders Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel have both returned to training but neither will be ready for Sunday. There is better news on fellow centre-back Steven Caulker, who has shaken off a back problem.

Youngster Cameron Brannagan has recovered from illness while manager Jurgen Klopp has to decide how best to use strikers Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi and playmaker Philippe Coutinho after all returned to action in midweek after long lay-offs.

Kick-off at Villa Park on Sunday is at 2.05pm.

Opta stats

  • Liverpool have won four of the last six Premier League meetings with Aston Villa and all of their last four visits to Villa Park.
  • In fact, Liverpool have won 11 and lost just one of their last 17 Premier League visits to Villa Park.
  • Christian Benteke scored five goals in six appearances in all competitions against Liverpool for Aston Villa before moving to Merseyside this summer.
  • Benteke is two goals away from netting 50 in the Premier League (currently 48), but hasn’t scored in his five league appearances since scoring the winner against Sunderland in December.
  • Daniel Sturridge has scored four goals in three Barclays Premier League appearances for Liverpool against Aston Villa.
  • Since joining the club on January 2nd 2013, Daniel Sturridge has only played one more game (60) than he’s missed (59) for Liverpool in the Premier League.
  • Liverpool have been leading at half-time in just three of their 25 Premier League games this season; a joint-league-low alongside Sunderland.
  • Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games at Villa Park (W2 D2 L0) – they haven’t gone five unbeaten at home in the competition since January 1st
  • The Reds have conceded a joint-league-high eight goals from corners this season in the Premier League – two more than they conceded in the whole of 2014-15 (6).
  • A league-high 70% (14 of 20) of Aston Villa’s goals in the Premier League this season have come in the second-half.

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